TGAPGeorge – Warrior Tank
I’ve been fascinated with addons ever since my little brother showed me how to load up a much better map interface. And now, about a year later, I took a day or two off from playing World of Warcraft to update my addons and User Interface. Well, update isn’t the right word. It was more like blasting away and rebuilding from scratch. At least, it was supposed to be.
I was tired of lag and slow loading screens, and I even thought about deleting and reloading WoW. But then I looked line by line at my addons and saw that I needed most of them. So I deleted what I didn’t need and started surfin’ the net.
After a long time, I pieced together a mosic of the UI I wanted from about ten screenshots of other people’s UIs. My goals were simple and tanking minded. I wanted to:
- Have a clear field of view up, down, left, and right to spot trouble coming.
- Have Omen, my target, its debuffs — and a cool addon, “TellMeWhen” — center-screen for maximum visibility.
- Have my spells in clear-view, organized, and laid out like how they are on my G13 controller.
That may seem like a simple list, but it’s undoable without addon help. Here is what I came up with:
Pretty nice, eh?
I decided to leave my buffs up in the upper left hand corner because they would take up too much real estate down below and not be too distracting above. You can’t see it in the pic, but the party and raid will be in the upper right, but smaller than usual; left there for the same reasons as the buffs.
In the middle is TellMeWhen with Omen right below. Just to the right is my target. It’s obvious, and any buffs I have on him will be larger than other player’s. The minimap is far off to the right out of the way, and the same for chat and other non-combat buttons on the left. My player window is below and obvious, but doesn’t block my eye path.
My reasoning for all this careful placement is that when I’m fighting, quick looks down need to see target and threat first, reactive spells and abilities next, spells and cooldowns after, and finally my health and rage. I think I’ve got it set up to do that.
A word on spells and my organization. Take a look at the button layout of my awesome G13 Logitech controller:
You’ll notice that I’ve got my action buttons set at two rows of seven, an “alt” row of seven, and a “shift” row of seven. Closer to the minimap on the right hand side is three rows of four buttons to match the third row on my controller (I use the fifth button on the left for tab targeting). It’s a lot of buttons and a lot to keep track of, but since they are arranged like my controller, a glance down helps me hit the right button.
So, TGAPGeorge, how do you do all of these wonderful things? I’ll tell ya. Addons. Take a look at these two screenshots showing what addons were used to do what:
Here is a list of the addons that contributed to this UI awesomeness:
- Skinner — for the cool black bar
- xPerl — for shiny control of almost any frame
- Bartender4 — for button control
- TitanPanel — good info in a little package
- SimpleMiniMap — square, adjustable, good stuff
Even if you load up all these addons, your UI won’t magically look like mine. It will be jumbled and crazy. But with patience, you can move, resize, and adjust it all to look just like you want it to. Don’t forget to look at the options!
Addons can be finicky, so if you have any quesitons or problems working with these, post a comment and I’ll see what I can do to help!